Here’s a way to feel like an astronaut without leaving Brooklyn.
On Aug. 6, the Prospect Park Bandshell is hosting a virtual reality film as part of the free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! summer series. "The Hubble Cantata" is a “one-hour exploration of the cosmos and human life,” according to composer Paola Prestini, whose music will be played live by a 20-piece ensemble and a choir of 100 who will seem like they're playing all around you in a “360-degree sound installation.”
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The production features rare footage from the Hubble space telescope to that will “walk a line between accurately showing our universe and magical realism on a journey to the Orion Nebula,” according to VFX creative director Duncan Ransom at The Endless Collective. A portion of the production will use virtual reality, and the 6,000 audience members will receive VR headsets to view it.
Though "The Hubble Cantata" has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and several local organizations, the Brooklyn music venue and studio National Sawdust has also launched a Kickstarter to raise $35,000 to complete the project and take it on the road.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, with a pre-show performance by spacy percussionists Tigue.